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Author Archive: FrankOchieng

Frank Ochieng has contributed film reviews to SF Crowsnest off and on since 2003. He has been published in other various movie site venues throughout the years. Ochieng has been part of The Online Film Critics Society (OFCS) and had written film reviews for The Boston Banner newspaper (USA) and frequently is a media/entertainment panelist on WBZ NewsRadio 1030 AM on "The Jordan Rich Show" in Boston, Massachusetts/USA.

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Thor: The Dark World by Frank Ochieng (film review).

November 10, 2013 | By | Reply More
Thor: The Dark World by Frank Ochieng (film review).

Well, Marvel Comics’ favorite hammer-wielding Norse god is back and assumes the spotlight while his other mighty crime-fighting cohorts take a break, most likely prepping up for their next super-charged sequels. Director Alan Taylor’s comic book epic ‘Thor: The Dark World’  bursts onto the big screen (in the wake of filmmaker Kenneth Branagh’s modest successful […]

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In A World… by Frank Ochieng (film review).

November 9, 2013 | By | Reply More
In A World… by Frank Ochieng (film review).

The attempt to satirise certain aspects of Hollywood in the movies tends to have that certain hit-and-miss quality. Basically, one is either on the mark with precise scathing or may be overwrought with exaggeration. In filmmaker Lake Bell’s touching and affectingly quirky comedy ‘In A World…’, she demonstrates a perceptive knack for examining the off-kilter artistry […]

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Carrie (film review) by Frank Ochieng.

November 8, 2013 | By | Reply More
Carrie (film review) by Frank Ochieng.

It is certainly asking a lot to buy into the shoddy remake of Brian De Palma’s 1976 macabre masterpiece ‘Carrie’ but there is no real crime in having director Kimberly Peirce’s (‘Boys Don’t Cry’, ‘Stop-Loss’) updated instalment co-existing with the memory of yesteryear’s classic freak show. Or maybe there is reason for applying the handcuffs […]

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Ender’s Game by Frank Ochieng (film review).

November 7, 2013 | By | Reply More
Ender’s Game by Frank Ochieng (film review).

Filmmaker Gavin Hood’s ‘Ender’s Game’ is an inquisitive sci-fi actioner that skillfully caters to the kiddie crowd while asking some mighty adult-oriented philosophical questions about the morality of war and the questionable boundaries of survival. Hood’s glossy space-aged drama for the adventurous junior set can be deemed as being presented more ambitious for the juvenile […]

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Insidious: Chapter 2 by Frank Ochieng (film review).

September 14, 2013 | By | Reply More
Insidious: Chapter 2  by Frank Ochieng (film review).

Well, the gang are all back for a second helping of manufactured lunacy in ‘Insidious: Chapter 2′: writer-director James Wan, screenwriter-supporting actor Leigh Whannell and, of course, the periled fictional family unit in the Lambert clan. As the sequel to 2010’s ‘Insidious’, the peek-a-boo plight of the Lamberts in ‘Insidious: Chapter 2′ is once again […]

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Blue Caprice (film review) by Frank Ochieng.

September 14, 2013 | By | Reply More
Blue Caprice (film review) by Frank Ochieng.

‘Blue Caprice’ is a different kind of riveting horror movie of sorts. No, it does not feature the CGI visibility of hideous creatures out for random bloodthirsty vengeance. It does, however, showcase the invisible monster within the damaged human psyche that craves spontaneous carnage without any definitive rhyme or reason. In most over-the-top horror films […]

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Closed Circuit (film review) by Frank Ochieng.

September 9, 2013 | By | Reply More
Closed Circuit (film review) by Frank Ochieng.

The premise for ‘Closed Circuit’ looked quite promising: a sophisticated political thriller steeped in conspiracy, mayhem and mystery. One was sure that director John Crowley’s (‘Boy A’) stiff-minded intriguing narrative would stand out above the rest of the derivative and crowded suspense capers that invade the big screen from time to time. Although it is […]

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Hell Baby (film review) by Frank Ochieng.

September 8, 2013 | By | Reply More
Hell Baby (film review) by Frank Ochieng.

Co-directors, co-writers and co-stars Robert Ben Garant and Thomas Lennon certainly know how to beat to death the ‘two-genres-in-one’ showcase as witnessed by the hapless horror-comedy ‘Hell Baby’. Garant and Lennon, known for their cockeyed collaboration on the consistently amusing ‘Reno 911!’ (along with its film counterpart), arbitrarily mesh together the ingredients of gore and […]

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Riddick (film review) by Frank Ochieng.

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Riddick (film review) by Frank Ochieng.

In all fairness, ‘Riddick’ is not the first clumsy film franchise to not recognize how it overstayed its welcome and it won’t be the last neither. It all began with the birth of 2000’s ‘Pitch Blac’k, a rather half decent and taut sci-fi chiller that caught many by surprise in its tension-filled originality. The follow-up, […]

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Passion (film review) by Frank Ochieng.

September 3, 2013 | By | Reply More
Passion (film review) by Frank Ochieng.

The problem with some legendary filmmakers is that when they let their guard down slightly and dip into uncharacteristic mediocrity the red flags start to wave. Could this be the case for an immensely revered movie mastermind such as Brian DePalma whose cinematic touch in the cinema scene from the 70s and 80s were among […]

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